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CDB approves funding for a more climate-resilient Caribbean transport sector

July 29, 2016
CDB approves funding for a more climate-resilient Caribbean transport sector BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved funding to address the high incidence of damage to the road infrastructure in Caribbean countries by natural hazard events and the potential for the loss of roads by rising sea levels. Through a technical...

Does online gaming improve memory?

July 26, 2016
Does online gaming improve memory? Over the past few years, you might have heard people talking about the fact that online gaming is thought to improve our ability to remember things. But is that true, or is it just a convenient excuse for playing games? And if it is true, what evidence do we have to prove it?

Three charged in Florida with participating in Caribbean cell phone fraud scheme

July 25, 2016
Three charged in Florida with participating in Caribbean cell phone fraud scheme MIAMI, USA -- Criminal charges were unsealed on Friday against multiple defendants relating to their participation in a sophisticated global cell phone fraud scheme, involving the takeover or compromise of cell phone customers’ accounts and the “cloning” of their phones to make...

Renewed call for regional sex offender registry

July 23, 2016
Renewed call for regional sex offender registry PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Following claims by the prime minister of Saint Lucia Allen Chastanet that criminal deportees from the US are a burden on the Caribbean region, the Caribbean Committee against Sex Crimes (CCSC) said it is keen to work with both the Saint Lucian...

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Screen time

July 21, 2016
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Screen time Navigating “Island” Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue Screen Time – Did you know that technology executives...

Relationships: Anticipate your needs and compromise

July 20, 2016
Relationships: Anticipate your needs and compromise The purpose of being together is having someone anticipate your needs and compromise... those little things... Have you ever had this happen…you are running very late getting home from work, and remember you forgot to take something out to cook, and after the day you had you're too...

Compliance Matters: Spider webs, Panama Papers and the IRS

July 15, 2016
Compliance Matters: Spider webs, Panama Papers and the IRS The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has asked involved US taxpayers to come forward before the IRS reads and dissects the “Panama Papers”. The IRS will “plan how to use the huge trove of leaked documents to catch criminals -- and urged Americans to come clean now before illegal...

The Mighty Sparrow celebrates 81st birthday

July 9, 2016
The Mighty Sparrow celebrates 81st birthday NEW YORK, USA -- Dr Slinger Francisco, the legendary Mighty Sparrow, or as he is fondly known "Birdie", a West Indian calypso icon, celebrates his 81st birthday on Saturday. Sparrow was born in the fishing village of Grand Roy, Grenada, on July 9, 1935. He moved to Trinidad with...

Caribbean civil society delivers strong results for biodiversity conservation and further funding approved

July 7, 2016
Caribbean civil society delivers strong results for biodiversity conservation and further funding approved PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- A US$6.9 million fund supported 68 civil society organisations working across eight Caribbean countries to deliver results for increased protection and enhanced management of key biodiversity areas, mainstreamed biodiversity into development...

CRFM and Japan discuss new initiative for fisheries co-management and socio-economic survey

July 7, 2016
CRFM and Japan discuss new initiative for fisheries co-management and socio-economic survey BELIZE CITY, Belize (CRFM) -- Milton Haughton, the executive director of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), met on Tuesday at the CRFM’s Secretariat in Belize City with Masaru Honda, team leader of the Japan-funded Caribbean Fisheries Co-management Project.

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Parenting styles and their effects on the child

July 6, 2016
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Parenting styles and their effects on the child Navigating "Island" Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue: Parenting Styles and their Effects on the Child.

Forum on race, justice and reparations held in Belfast, Northern Ireland

July 5, 2016
Forum on race, justice and reparations held in Belfast, Northern Ireland BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- A two day forum with workshops bringing academics, historians, international law experts and distinguished guest speakers from across the UK and Ireland was held at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), hosted by QUB’s School of Law Human Rights Centre.

Regional delegation attends US forum on youth violence prevention

July 4, 2016
Regional delegation attends US forum on youth violence prevention BALTIMORE, USA -- As the US government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), continues to support regional governments to reduce youth crime and violence across the Eastern Caribbean, two St Kitts-Nevis officials working with at-risk youth have...

Buyer's remorse sets in over EU exit by UK voters

June 28, 2016
Buyer's remorse sets in over EU exit by UK voters LONDON, England (CNS) -- As the dust settled on Monday on the unexpected referendum result in Britain last Thursday, many ‘Brexit’ supporters were beginning to have buyer’s remorse over the vote to exit from the European Union. At least one million people who voted ‘Leave’ have...

Commonwealth Caribbean warned to reposition or sink in the aftermath of Brexit

June 28, 2016
Commonwealth Caribbean warned to reposition or sink in the aftermath of Brexit BOSTON, USA -- Barbadian Harvard graduate Paula Byer has called on policymakers in the Commonwealth Caribbean to reposition their foreign affairs and international economic policies quickly in response to the exit of the UK from the European Union or suffer the medium term...

Caribbean weighs Brexit implications

June 25, 2016
Caribbean weighs Brexit implications GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has begun responding to the news that Britain has voted to leave the European Union (EU). On Friday 52 percent of voters in a referendum in Britain opted out of remaining in the 28-member grouping.

Caribbean region must boost efforts to prepare for increased drought, says UN report

June 24, 2016
Caribbean region must boost efforts to prepare for increased drought, says UN report BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Climate change is expected to increase the intensity and frequency of droughts in the Caribbean, so countries in the region must enhance their capabilities to deal with this and other extreme weather-related challenges to ensure food security and hunger eradication.

New York senator joins other Caribbean-Americans in celebrating centenarian's birthday

June 23, 2016
New York senator joins other Caribbean-Americans in celebrating centenarian's birthday NEW YORK, USA -- New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat from the Dominican Republic recently joined with other Caribbean-Americans in commemorating the upcoming 102nd birthday of Rose Salik, who was born in July 1914. To commemorate the occasion, Salik was presented...

Brexit will see renewed focus on overseas territories, says UK minister

June 21, 2016
Brexit will see renewed focus on overseas territories, says UK minister GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The UK minister with responsibility for the British overseas territories (BoTs) has said that a British exit from the European Union will be an advantage for the BoTs because the UK will be able to focus on traditional relationships with them.

Inside Paradise: The fight and the right for life

June 21, 2016
Inside Paradise: The fight and the right for life In October 2015, Joe Biden announced to the citizens of the United States that he would not be running for president in 2016 and across America many listened attentively to his speech. However, when he said that his biggest goal would've been: to be the president who...

IDB hosts Capitol Hill event on US-Caribbean strategic engagement

June 20, 2016
IDB hosts Capitol Hill event on US-Caribbean strategic engagement WASHINGTON, USA -- On June 15, 2016, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Caribbean-Central American Action (CCAA) co-hosted an event on Capitol Hill on “Opportunities and Challenges for the United States and Caribbean Region". A highlight of this IDB-CCAA event...

New Caribbean shark sanctuaries boost regional protections

June 20, 2016
New Caribbean shark sanctuaries boost regional protections MAHO, St Maarten -- Sharks are safer across the Caribbean Sea with the announcement of four new shark sanctuaries in the region. Prime Minister William Marlin of St Maarten and Wayne Panton, minister of financial services, commerce, and environment for the Cayman Islands last week...

Drug abuse a public health not criminal issue, says new UK report

June 20, 2016
Drug abuse a public health not criminal issue, says new UK report LONDON, England (CNS) -- A new report by leading public health bodies in the UK is urging a fundamental shift in the approach towards the criminalising of drug use. The Royal Society for Public Health and the Faculty of Public Health are calling for the personal possession and use...

USAID Caribbean clean energy program helps green the grid

June 18, 2016
USAID Caribbean clean energy program helps green the grid BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Caribbean Clean Energy Program (CARCEP) is assisting Caribbean nations to become more energy efficient through policies and incentives that promote low emission growth and...

US Embassy in Bridgetown hosts interactive program to prevent LGBTI hate crimes

June 17, 2016
US Embassy in Bridgetown hosts interactive program to prevent LGBTI hate crimes BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- On June 14, the US Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados, hosted an interactive program aimed at promoting tolerance and preventing hate crimes against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community. The program featured a...

Relationships: Is this relationship a safe harbour?

June 17, 2016
Relationships: Is this relationship a safe harbour? Relationship safety is when one partner can say something stupid, and the other person ignores it or doesn't look at it as significant. There's a level of trust. But when they lose that safety, everything has the potential to flare up. They stop taking things at face value or giving each other the benefit of...

Compliance Matters: Rules for stress free foreign accounts

June 16, 2016
Compliance Matters: Rules for stress free foreign accounts Closing your foreign bank account today will not necessarily solve your disclosure problem. On the contrary, it could make things worse under the current regulatory environment. Here is what you need to do in order to have stress free foreign accounts: 1. You must report your worldwide income.

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